NEWSLETTER

ETHOS This month’s Core Value is FRIENDSHIP. We learn about Friendship before next month’s Anti-bullying Fortnight. This month is also Positive Mental Health Month.

FRIENDS FOR LIFE PROGRAMME: Friends for Life will be starting back this month as part of mental health month. The programme helps students to develop effective strategies to deal with worry, stress and change and teaches the skills required to reduce anxiety and promote resilience. The Junior Infant and Senior Infant classes will be completing the whole programme, and the remainder of the school will be doing a revision programme. There will be one homework activity each week. Please use this as an opportunity to discuss the content with your child. And Enjoy! Thanks so much Hazel for all the work you’ve done to prepare us for this.

ANTIBULLYING – We will be having our anti-bullying fortnight next month. We revised our anti- bullying policy to update new initiatives introduced last year. The additions are in red type – Please read the policy in the next 2 weeks and get back to us with comments for us to consider. READ REVISED ANTIBULLYING DRAFT 2018 HERE    Please complete the following Anti-bullying Survey in advance of our Antibullying Fortnight – it wont take more than 2 minutes.  ANTIBULLYING SURVEY HERE 

LANGUAGES – We would like you to complete the following survey in advance of a piece of work we will be doing with the staff and children around exploring and learning languages, in particular those in our school community. LANGUAGE SURVEY HERE

ACCOMODATION & BUILDINGS NEEDS – We have been engaging with all our local representatives and continue to do so. So far, we have hosted meetings in our school with the following representatives -

Catherine Ardagh, Ivana Bacik, Micháel Martin (photos here), Michael Mulooly & Aengus O Snodaigh

Thank-you to the representatives for coming to our school, and escalating our needs. In particular thanks to Catherine Ardagh, for arranging yesterdays visit. We are meeting more in the coming week, to highlight our building needs, and our accommodation needs, which leave just 28 places for junior infants this year, and no remaining rooms thereafter. We are emailing you with details of how you can help the campaign.

 

PARENTS ASSOCIATION

COMEDY NIGHT – We are running a comedy night fundraiser on February 1st in MVP on Clanbrassil St. We have a great line up, including some parents from the school! Admission is €10 will be available at the door. Tickets  tickets will also be on sale Thursday and Friday next week in the schoolyard, in the morning.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR AFTERSCHOOL ACTIVITIES – We need parent volunteers to help run the after school programme. Parents role is to support facilitators rounding up and shepherding children to the various  locations, bringing children to go to the toilet, and so on. Please email canalwayafterschool@gmail.com if you can help for an hour one day a week. Garda vetting is required.

 

Enjoy the weekend,

Dermot

VISIT Micheál Martin

 

 

NEWSLETTER 11.01.2018

Welcome to this week’s newsletter –

ETHOS: our Core Value is Friendship. Martin Luther King Day is on Jan 15th, and The Young Scientists Exhibition is on in the RDS.

BOARD OF MANAGEMENT & ACCOMMODATION We hosted a coffee morning this morning in the school for local political representatives to inform them of our accommodation, and building needs in CWETNS. It was a well-attended & productive meeting. We are in the process of following up with more representatives and with the media also. Please feel to contact your local representatives, to inform them that due to lack of progress with the Department of Education on extra accommodation & building works, we can only offer 1 class of junior infants for now, and after this year we will have no rooms left in the building.

CANALWAY EDUCATE TOGETHER notes with sadness, the passing of Brian Ruane. Brian was a friend and inspiration to many members of our staff over the years. He lectured in St Patricks College, was an advocate of Educate Together & Human Rights Education. Our deepest sympathies to his family, friends and to the community of Balbriggan Educate Together.

SCHOOL CLOSURES

February 7th(School website calendar has just been updated / Staff Training)

February 15th 16th – Mid Term.

PARENTS’ ASSOCIATION

The Parents Association Committee would like to thank everyone who took part in and contributed to our various Winter fundraisers at the end of last term. They were a great success! The Winter cards raised €597 and the Winter Fair raised €2,250.

COMEDY NIGHT VOLLUNTEERS We are running a Comedy Night for parents on February 01 in MVP. We have a number of exciting acts lined up, but there is capacity in the schedule! So if you are funny and want to share, please email parentssecretary@portobelloetns.org with the subject line Comedy Night. Deadline for applications is January 18. 

Have a nice weekend,

Warm Regards,

Dermot & Staff.